Saturday, April 22, 2006

Danish census and church book images

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Friday, April 21, 2006

Josh Hanna of MyFamily Inc

Guardian Unlimited Business Josh Hanna: High priest of the latter-day genealogists: "Hanna is leading an expansion into continental Europe, something likely to be far tougher owing to the political negotiations that are needed. Since his arrival, Ancestry [ ]has spent a huge amount on marketing and rivals call its tactics overly aggressive.

He admits the website made mistakes but in customer service rather than sales. Its customer service would demand a transatlantic phone call with opening hours that left British subscribers up all night. 'We were criticised and rightly so,' says Hanna, who came with his baby girl and wife to sort out the problems. He changed calling times and allowed payments by debit as well as credit cards.

'This is not an excuse for getting things wrong but it's a difficult process. No one has done more to digitise and index family records. Period. Or full stop, as you say here.' The group also plans a new customer service unit, maybe in Britain. Although, as he says: 'People [in Britain] accept such calls being made to Bangladesh.'"

Catholic Church History and Genealogy Research Guide and Worldwide Directory

Local Catholic Church History and Genealogy Research Guide and Worldwide Directory

If you DO NOT know the name and location of your ancestors' Catholic Church/Parish, or it no longer exists:
You will need to determine the parish to which your ancestor belonged, and this may involve some HISTORICAL DETECTIVE work on your part.

Their parish will likely be the local Catholic Church nearest their home (geographically). However, as time passed, and the population of an area grew (or diminished), there was often a need to build new churches, and establish new dioceses and parishes.

Therefore, your research may require combining church HISTORY with GENEALOGY.

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Glasgow: "ARCHDIOCESE OF GLASGOW (GLASGUENSIS) in the south-west of Scotland, comprising at the present day [written in 1910] the Counties of Lanark, Dumbarton, and Renfrew, part of Ayrshire north of Lugton Water, the district of Baldernock in Stirlingshire, and the Cumbrae Isles.

The see was founded between 540 and 560 by St. Kentigern, or Mungo, who died 13 Jan., 601. He also established on the Welsh model a religious community, which served as a much needed centre to preserve the Faith among the surrounding Christian population."

Archdiocesan Archives - Genealogy: "The archdiocesan archive holds, in the Curial Offices at 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4JY, original registers with a starting-date prior to the introduction of civil registration in Scotland in 1855. Photocopies of these registers are also normally held in the parish to which they relate, and in the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh (reference: RH21).

BAPTISMAL REGISTERS will normally provide the child's name, names of parents and sponsors(godparents), date of birth, date of baptism, and the name of the priest administering the Sacrament. They do not provide the address of the family at the time of baptism. Nor do they provide information on place of origin.

MARRIAGE REGISTERSwill normally provide the names of the bride and groom, the namesof the witness(es), and the name of the officiating priest. They will not provide the address at the time of marriage, nor do they normally provide information on place of birth. However, from 1808 till the mid-1830s the marriage registers for St.Andrew’s, Glasgow, do provide information regarding the place of origin of the bride and groom.

CONFIRMATION REGISTERS The survival of these registers is inconsistent. Confirmation Registers usually comprise a list of names of those confirmed, and the names of the sponsors. No personal and/or family information is given concerning those being confirmed. The practice of having individual sponsors is relatively modern. Previous practice had one female sponsor for all the girls, and one male sponsor for all the boys.

DEATHS REGISTERS It was, and is, not common practice for parishes to keep registers of deaths.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ireland 1841 census

Irish Ancestors / 1841 census: "only one set of original returns survived the 1922 fire in Dublin, that for the parish of Killeshandra in Co. Cavan.

There are, however, a number of transcripts of the original returns because the returns from 1841 & 1851 were used in the twentieth century as proof of age when the Old Age Pension was introduced. "

Solihull and old Mill Lane - 1841 CENSUS

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The date of the 1841 census was the night of 6 June 1841.
The 1841 Census was the fifth decennial census of the population of Britain, but the first useful census to family historians, in that names of individuals within households were recorded, along with ages, occupations and places of birth.

The gathering of census information in Scotland in 1841 took place under the jurisdiction of the Home Office, assisted by the Sheriff Substitute of each Scottish county. (All subsequent censuses have been conducted by the office of the Registrar General for Scotland, established under the 1854 Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act).

To reduce the risk of double entries or omissions, the whole exercise had to be completed in a single day.
To this end, Scotland was divided into enumeration districts, based largely on the existing parishes. Larger or more populous parishes were sub-divided to enable the enumerator to gather all his information within the day.

Census enumerators were usually schoolmasters, who were deemed best equipped for the task. They were each assigned an enumeration district and distributed a schedule to every household in that district before census night. They collected the completed schedules the following day, checked the details and copied them into an enumerator's book.

These were checked by the Sheriff Substitute and then despatched to the Registrar General’s office in London.
The census information that we see derives from these enumerators' transcript books, not the original schedules, which were destroyed.

Except in 1911 where Hollerith punch cards and machines were used for the statistics and the original schedules have been kept. (closed until 2012)

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Portbury Hundred

Portbury Hundred: "A Hundred is an English division of the shire. The Hundred was then divided into tithings.

The Portbury Hundred is thought to have contained ten tithings, the six Gordano villages, with Nailsea, Tickenham, Wraxall and Clevedon.

Some of the parishes belonging to the Hundred are situated in the moors southward; the rest lie behind the hills towards the Bristol Channel; into which the river Avon, empties its-self at the northernmost point.

The joining into the Severn provides an excellent road or station for ships, this is called King road.
Portbury was the principal town in these parts, anciently a town of the Romans.
Many coins and foundations of buildings have been found on or near the Military Way that travels from Axbridge, via the Pouldon Hills to the sea at Portishead.

In the time of King William the Conqueror the Hundred of Portbury was certified in the Doomsday Book to contain 86 hides; 63 of which were rated to the King; the rest were held by barons.

Each Hundred had its own Court where local offences were brought; and a fine or punishment was administered. These Courts were still running in the nineteenth century. "

Local archives in Danish towns

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Danish slimming diet

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Missing People i Australia

Missing People: "The details listed below were located in uncatalogued and unindexed police correspondence files held in the Public Record Office, Victoria, Australia. These items all have one thing in common: they were written by people outside Australia, to the police department in Victoria, in an attempt to locate 'missing' individuals.

The persons sought could be long-lost relatives or friends; husbands or wives who had deserted their spouses; suspected bigamists; or even people who had been in Victoria and who had committed a crime while overseas.

The files contain widely differing material: some people supply only basic details about the sought person, others give a great deal of background information. The response from the police department likewise differs enormously. At times the department simply responded that the letter writer had supplied insufficient detail for any identification to be made; on other occasions the department went to a great deal of trouble to locate the missing person.

There are over 2,000 boxes of material covering the period 1853 to 1940; there can be up to 300 files within each box. Many of the files relate to routine police business, but interspersed with these are files relating to missing people.

What follows is a selection of these cases only - it would be the task of a lifetime to index every file in every box.

Monday, April 17, 2006


Project Runeberg: "( is a volunteer effort to create free electronic editions of classic Nordic (Scandinavian) literature and make them openly available over the Internet. It was founded in 1992 and is based at LYSATOR, the students' computer club at Linköping University in Linköping, Sweden.
What we have is already the Internet's biggest center for Nordic literature. "

Coventry Air Raids

The Coventry Blitz Resource centre:
"Coventry Cathedral (St Michaels) was hit by so many incendiaries that the four fire watchers couldn't put them out fast enough; many began to puncture the lead roof and fall onto the wooden ceiling below once there they were very difficult to reach and smother. Eventually, due to the large number of incendiaries and the lack of sand, it became obvious that only the fire brigade could now fight the flames.
The local fire fighters were already bravely fighting hundreds of fires and could not attend.

When fire fighters finally arrived all the way from Solihull, the water supply failed and nothing more could be done.

Whole rows of houses were demolished by landmines; these fiendish creations consisted of a metal case attached to a parachute.
Unlike other bombs, the force of the explosion was not directed into the ground making a crater; instead they were designed to explode before they hit the ground causing maximum damage and killing many civilians. Coventry's tram system never worked again because so much of the track was destroyed that the cost of replacement was prohibitive.
When the raid was finally over there was hardly a water or gas main in Coventry that wasn�t destroyed. At least 554 people were known to have been killed, but it is possible that as many as 1000 people actually died. Many bodies were never recovered or were unrecognisable.

One mortuary was itself bombed, so identification for private burial became impossible. Another problem was that so many workers came from all over the UK to Coventry to work in the factories that unless they had relations in Coventry to report them missed then they would not have been counted as killed.
I have been contacted by several people 100% sure that their relative was killed in the blitz"

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Elkington one-name study

Elkington Family History

This Website has been created to help those who have relations or who are called Elkington and the many variations. The Warwickshire tree base is taken from the works AEH Elkington and his cousin, Christine, who worked tirelessly to record all the Elkington Family.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

my cousins

Wills in England and Wales

Pubications - guidance - probate: "Control of Probate record-keeping passed from the Church to the state in 1858, at which point the records were unified into one Calendar index. These indexes, which summarise all Probate grants for England and Wales during a given year, act as a table of contents for the vast store of records held by the Probate Registries.

If the subject of your research died before 1858, it will be more difficult to trace their Will. However, if they were very wealthy or owned a lot of land, consult the indexes of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) first, and then those of the lesser ecclesiastical courts of the region in which they lived.

PCC records are held by the Family Records Centre in London (Tel: (020) 8392 5300), but records of the lesser ecclesiastical Probate courts are highly dispersed. Try the local authority archives, such as public libraries and County Record Offices of the appropriate region, and also any local historical research institutes. Major ecclesiastical centres are also likely to have their own archives"